First Midlands location a billboard for CertusBank

CertusBank’s Midlands Market President Bill Barker (left) and S.C. State Executive Scott Frierson helped launch the company’s first major branch in the Midlands in downtown Columbia today.CertusBank hit the Midlands market with the debut of its downtown Columbia branch at 1241 Main St. The branch is an example of organic growth for CertusBank, which has largely relied on acquisitions to expand its geographic footprint in the region since it was founded in 2011. Read More...

College association lauds Midlands Tech, Michelin partnership

The American Association of Community Colleges recognized Midlands Technical College for developing a program that encourages students to pursue careers in manufacturing and which provides Michelin with a supply chain of workers to fill its jobs. Read More...

Merger expenses shrink First Community’s 1Q income

Having completed its acquisition of Savannah River Financial, the Midlands financial institution looks forward to May, when it will open a new office in downtown Columbia at 1213 Lady St., said Mike Crapps, president and CEO. Read More...

Brutal winter chills Sonoco earnings

Although first-quarter net sales were $1.19 billion, up slightly from $1.18 billion for the first quarter of 2013, the company said revenue fell below expectations due to weather’s impact on both customers and Sonoco operations. Read More...

MUSC president vote can’t be done in secret, attorney says

The Medical University of South Carolina’s board of trustees revised its bylaws last week to allow voting for a new president by “secret ballot in person, a confidential conference call or other electronic confidential means.” Attorney Jay Bender said there can be no secret votes and the effort is to “institutionalize lawless behavior.”  Read More...


Aerial Options expanding Marion County plant

The company's $410,000 investment is expected to add between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet to its existing footprint and 13 new positions, thereby doubling the Mullins facility's current employment level. Read More...

Summit to focus on state of IT in S.C.

GardnerThe April 23 event, hosted by IT-oLogy, will include a presentation by Matt Gardner, a senior fellow at the San Francisco-based Bay Area Council of Economic Institute, about how South Carolina compares with other states in information technology trends. Read More...